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Luxury Gourmet Explorer Vietnam 13 Days

From US $1484 pp
Luxury Gourmet Explorer Vietnam 13 Days
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On this tour, you will explore bustling Ho Chi Minh and Ha Noi, two modern cities of Vietnam. You will be captured by Ha Noi's old world charm and sail the emerald-green Ha Long Bay. Stroll markets for delicious ingredients and cook a a Vietnamese feast with our chef, visit colourful markets and UNESCO citadel in imperial in Hue. Besides, you will also get an authentic taste of culture and cuisine by join in our exciting street food tour in Hoi An.
Code: VN18
Duraton: 13 days
Departure From: Ha Noi
Day 1: Ha Noi Arrival
Warmly welcome on arrival Noi Bai airport by our driver. Your guide and driver will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.
Day 2: Ha Noi Half Day City Tour (B/L)
Morning or afternoon departure depend on availability.
Begin the first day of the trip with a tour of Ha Noi. Depart from the hotel for a visit to Vietnam's first university: the Temple of Literature. Founded in 1076, Quoc Tu Giam was established within a temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, madarins and members of the elite. Continue with a visit to the iconic One Pillar Pagoda, one of Vietnam's most iconic temples. Nearby is the mausoleum of the historic father figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh and his modest house on stilts (Sites are viewed from outside, closed on Mon and Fri and from Jun - Aug). Visit the picturesque West Lake and its sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. Tran Quoc Pagoda is regarded as the most ancient pagoda in Ha Noi with its line of more than 1500 years. After visiting, you will have a meal at an authentic Vietnamese Restaurant. Free time at leisure for the rest of the day. 
Day 3: Ha Noi - Ha Long (B/L/D)
Have breakfast then check out of the hotel. 8:00 Private car pick up at the hotel. Leave Ha Noi and head to Ha Long. Arrive around noon, you will board a beautiful boat for an overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay - the UNESCO World Heritage with an excellent menu of fresh seafood. Lunch and dinner are served on boat. Overnight on board.
Day 4: Ha Long Bay - Ha Noi (B/L/D)
Wake up the next morning at sunrise, you are invited to practice Tai Chi on the sun deck. Enjoy the feel of the early morning salt water scent and bask in the early sun rising from behind the mountains. Arriving at the pier, you will be picked up for transfer back to Ha Noi. At 17:30 you will join in a walkie foodie tour. We will take you to go inside the small lane and alleys inside Ha Noi Old Quarter and show you how real Hanoians live, work and eat. By far our most popular tour, this tour is great fun and perfect way to discover some of the lesser known dishes that the locals love to eat. From Bun Bo (Sauteed Beef Rice Vermicelli), Banh Cuon (Steamed Rice Rolls), Banh Mi and end with unique Ca Phe Trung (Egg Coffee) which will round off our courses perfectly. Local life, local stories, local food and local drink tasting. It's the little things that make all the difference in your travel experience. 
Day 5: Ha Noi - Hue (B/D)
Transfer to the airport for flight to Hue. Pick up at the airport in Hue and drive to hotel. Late afternoon, cyclo driver will pick you up from your hotel. You will have chance to taste a range of delicious Hue cuisines and feel the romance of Hue at night. Have dinner in royal style and enjoy "royal dishes" which are used to served only the King in the past. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Hue Full Day City Tour (B/L)
In the morning, our guide and driver meet you at hotel and transfer to the boat landing for a leisure boat trip along the Perfume River to visit the towering Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most famous Vietnamese sea landmarks. We then take a short drive into a lush valley of the river where seven tombs were built for the seven Nguyen Emperors. We will visit two of the tombs: Ming Mang Tomb and Khai Dinh Tomb to help you understand more Royal's Life and their architecture. After that, drive outside of town for lunch and enjoy classic Hue cuisine at a restaurant in a beautiful garden setting. In the afternoon, return to the city center visit Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City, created in the 19th century for the Emperors of Nguyen Dynasty. If time permits, and weather permits, we could admire the glorious sunset on Perfume River. Drive back to hotel.
Day 7: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (B)
In the morning, transfer by private car to the enchanting town of Hoi An listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage and was once a well-known trading centre in Southeast Asia from the 16th to 18th centuries. Land transfer by shuttle bus or Private car with stop at some sightseeing on the way for break (admission fee not inclued). Check in the hotel and take a relax.
Day 8: Hoi An City Tour (B/L)
In the morning, local guide meets you at the hotel lobby. Go to a bicycle shop to choose a bicycle. Then ride to a local farm in Tra Que Village. You will take a trip around the vegetable garden and join with the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing withe seaweed fromt the local lake. Continue doing some next steps such as: raking the ground, sowing, watering greens, picking greens and many more gardening activities. Spend the rest of the morning working on the land in honored way, before having a break to prepare lunch with your host family. Your lunch consists of many locals delicacies including "tam huu" spring rolls, "banh xeo" or local pancake of people in the middle region. Relax with a foot massage. Say goodbye go your host family and ride back to Hoi An. At leisure by the beach for the rest of the day.
Day 9: Hoi An - Explore the roads less travelled (B/L)
This countryside tour of Hoi An will give you real insight to local life. Setting off from Café Zoom in Hoi An, we ride over the bridge to Cam Kim island and along the riverside into the beautiful rural countryside. First stops include an Ancestral House and a traditional boatbuilders yard before we set off to explore the sleepy island villages. Zig-zag through the breathtaking scenery of rice paddies & farmland and enjoy the cooling breeze. Next, learn from friendly local families the art of mat weaving, farming, and how to make (and eat) the perfect Banh Dap rice crackers. Meeting local families is a must-do to see the real way of life in Vietnam. After snacking on rice crackers, visit a local café to fuel up on local drip-coffee & learn the art of coffee roasting. Then gear up for an adrenalin pumping 300-meter bamboo bridge river crossing. We make our way to the coast at the Thu Bon river mouth, along roads lined with Casuarina Pine & Cashew Nut Trees. Finally, it’s up high and over the new bridge offering spectacular panoramic views of Hoi An, which takes us to the water coconut palm fringed Cam Thanh and then on to a local lunch in a restaurant at a picturesque location (seasonal). This countryside tour of Hoi An then concludes with a free drop-off at your hotel. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
Day 10: Hoi An - Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh (B)
Enjoy your free time before transferring to airport in Da Nang for flight to Ho Chi Minh. On arrival, transfer from the airport to hotel. Check in and relax. In the afternoon, guide and driver pick up at your hotel. Start our city tour. Take part in tour, you will visit some typical interesting sights of Ho Chi Minh City such as War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, Sai Gon Center Post Office. 
Day 11 : Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh (B)
Meet our tour guide at the hotel’s lobby, and let’s start our journey to Cu Chi Tunnels, which is about 70km far from Ho Chi Minh City. The attraction is a collection of underground tunnel and construction, from hospital, bedrooms to ammunition storage using by North Vietnam’s army during Civil War (1955 – 1975) as a military camp. You are provided opportunities to crawl along some of the tunnels for exploration more about the Vietnam War, or touch a real-gun with the firing-gun services here (with an additional charge). Lunch is served at a local restaurant on the way we return to Ho Chi Minh City. In the afternoon: Enjoy the attraction of Ho Chi Minh City. Sightseeing examples of French colonial architecture and exploring the Vietnam’s turbulent in past at the War Remnants Museum. Our guide will show you the most interesting sights that Ho Chi Minh City has to offer. Depart from your hotel to the Reunification Palace; this beautifully preserved palace was the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. On April 30th 1975 the American War officially came to an end here. Afterward, we visit Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, which was built in 1880, and the Old Post Office, which was built sometime between 1886 and 1891. It is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Our last stop would be at a local Market where you can practice your bargaining skills while shopping for souvenirs. Discover local life and culture. You’ll find some of the friendliest, liveliest, most convivial people in the city in here. Return your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Free time in the rest of day.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City - Ben Tre (B/L)
After breakfast, meet tour guide and driver at hotel. Your journey will take you to Ben Tre for a day exploring the Mekong Delta. Activities of the day include visit a brick kiln factory, a coconut processing workshop and a local mat - weaving house, take Xe Loi ride (a kind of modern motorized rickshaw) or cycling tour to explore around village under coconut row and tasting some fresh seasonal fruits. One of the highlights of the tour is a ride by small sampan boat through the small canals and side-arms of the "Mighty Mekong" to observe the daily life along the river banks. Enjoy lunch with local delicacies. After lunch, take a short break and drive to Ho Chi Minh City. You have all rest of the day explore the city by your own.  
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)
In the morning, have breakfast at the hotel. Free at leisure until being picked up and get transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Have a smooth departure and hope to see you next time. 
Price & Inclusion
Description  Small Group  Private Tour
First Class (4*) $1484 $1728
Luxury (5*) $1983 $2151

  • All prices are based on per adult in Double/Twin sharing.
  • Small group tour avaiable (max 10 guests): HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
  • Surcharge will be applied for single traveler or single room request.
Price Includes:
  • Overnight in shared Twin/Double room with air (AC) at hotel.
  • Overnight on local train at a shared compartment with 4 soft berths (if any).
  • Overnight at local homestay in a shared room, private blanket and mosquito net (if any).
  • All transport in tour - transfer by new modern vehicle.
  • Domestic flight tickets in tour: Ha Noi - Hue, Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh.
  • Fine dining with traditional local food as indicated in the program. 
  • All in-tour stationed local English speaking guide. 
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary.
  • Fast track service at airport upon arrival.
Price Excludes:
  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out.
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any).
  • International flights (arrival and departure) with taxes.
  • Visa or Passport Fees.
  • Travel Insurance 
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities.
  • Meals not marked on itinerary and water during meals.
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